The major Web browsers are getting facelifts as they increasingly become the focal point for handling business transactions and running programs over the Internet rather than simply displaying Web sites.
The upgrades are the latest skirmish in the browser war that started in the mid-1990s and led to Microsoft's triumph over Netscape. The battles reignited in 2004, when Mozilla's Firefox launched and revealed new avenues of development.
On Tuesday, Opera Software ASA is releasing its Opera 9 browser, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Firefox are in line for major overhauls later this year. The most anticipated update comes from Microsoft Corp., whose 5-year-old, market-leading Internet Explorer 6 browser, or IE6, shows signs of aging.
1. Browser Upgrades - Disruptive innovation opportunities include developing new features and capabilities to enhance user experience and improve performance.
2. Browser War - Disruptive innovation opportunities include creating new browsers with unique selling points to challenge the dominance of existing market leaders.
3. Internet-based Business Transactions - Disruptive innovation opportunities include developing secure and efficient solutions for conducting business transactions over the internet.
1. Software Development - Disruptive innovation opportunities include creating innovative web browsers with advanced functionality and improved user interfaces.
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